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Critics of Mayor Steve Adler gathered on Sunday for a drive-thru protest and parade in the interest of recalling the Austin mayor and supporting the police.


The group gathered at South Austin's Burger Stadium at 12:30 p.m. clad with "Trump 2020," "Recall Mayor Adler" and "Back the Blue" signs and flags plastered on their cars. After driving around the city, stopping by the Texas State Capitol, the group ended their parade at Austin Police Department headquarters around 3 p.m.

A group of APD officers are facing criticism for appearing in pictures with protesters displaying white supremacist hand signals in front of City Hall.

The group told KVUE that APD was notified about their planned demonstration.

Austin Police Association President Ken Cassaday released a statement in regards to the event:

"If these officers were aware of the behavior of those on the fringe of the group, there is no doubt in my mind that they would not have participated in the picture. The Austin Police Association and our members, including the pictured officers, condemn any type of racist behavior."

Trump supporters also gathered separately near Lake Travis on Sunday for a drive-along caravan on FM 620. Trump supporters have gathered in the area before—in September, a lake parade in support of Trump caused several boats to sink.

Adler's office responded to the Sunday events with a statement that the mayor had no response and was "out looking at new opportunities for getting people out of tents and into homes."

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